Kids Learn Business Lessons from Guitar Hero

By Jami Brinton, Reporter

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By Daren Sukhram

IOWA CITY - Many children, and I might add adults, spend hours playing video games. Wednesday young campers learned how an Iowa City company found big success developing many of those games.

Dozens of junior-high-aged kids attending the Jacobson Entrepreneurship Academy Wednesday learned that having fun is sometimes part of your job.

"We also made a video game called Nacho Libre based off the movie Nacho Libre," said Jeremy Andersen of Budcat Creations.

While many certainly enjoyed playing Guitar Hero

"I probably would've been playing better if there weren't so many people watching," said Hannah Grosvenor.

They were also surprised to learn that the popular video game was created right here in Iowa City.

And knowing that an Iowa company has made it big, inspired some of these want-to-be business leaders.

"It was interesting to learn that they succeeded in what they wanted to do. That you do what you want to do."

That's exactly what the creators of Guitar Hero hoped these kids would learn.

"If they stay motivated and self-disciplined and follow their dreams they may ultimately accomplish the goals they want to set for themselves," said Andersen.

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